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Saturday, March 16th, 2019
12:37 pm - Marvel Cinematic Universe prediction
My prediction: Avengers Endgame ends with a reboot sparked by Kang the conqueror that starts a new era dubbed "It's About Time," that eventually introduces The Fantastic Four (hello Dr. Doom & Galactus) and welcomes The X-men to the MCU. Deadpool/Wolverine road trip? 'nuff said.

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Wednesday, March 6th, 2019
4:39 pm - MIRROR/IMAGE: DEAN HASPIEL/STOYA


In the 4th episode of the Mirror/Image podcast, The Red Hook cartoonist Dean Haspiel chats with writer, actress, and pornographer Stoya about sex in comics and the pair's journey through digital media and creator-owned freedom.

LISTEN HERE: https://imagecomics.com/podcasts/mirror-image-episode-four-dean-haspiel-stoya

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Monday, February 25th, 2019
3:43 pm - AOC comix anthology/fundraiser
I collaborated with artist Christa Cassano for the upcoming Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Freshman Force: New Party Who Dis? comix anthology/fundraiser published by Devil's Due Comics. It comes out May 15, 2019.

More info here:
http://www.ocasiocomic.com/

There's a lot of polarizing chatter on social media, including a bunch of articles.

Forbes published an article, written by Rachel Kramer Bussel, featuring a quote from me and a sneak-peek of the art by Christa Cassano.

"Comic Book About Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Inspired By Her Quoting Alan Moore, Coming Out In May"

https://www.forbes.com/sites/rachelkramerbussel/2019/02/25/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-comic-book/

Excerpt:

Dean Haspiel, a Brooklyn-based cartoonist and producer of the webcomic The Red Hook, contributed a two-page comic to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Freshman Force: New Party Who Dis? entitled “Make America Empathetic Again,” drawn by Christa Cassano (see below for an exclusive excerpt). Haspiel told me, “I didn't have a lot to say about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez because she's so green (pun intended) yet refreshing, someone to watch grow. But I did have an idea percolating about Donald Trump that I wanted to convey and I figured out a way to work Ocasio-Cortez into my conceit. Ocasio-Cortez is the catalyst that sparks proactive change and helps makes America empathetic again. I'm very proud of our piece.” Haspiel was also instrumental in connecting Blaylock with many New York-based cartoonists for this project.


( artwork by Christa Cassano: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ccassano/ )

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Sunday, February 17th, 2019
2:20 am - John Maus
John Maus' music kinda sounds like what would happen if you gave Bret Easton Ellis a synthesizer and asked him to score a lost John Hughes movie.

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Wednesday, February 13th, 2019
10:45 pm - St. Mark's Comics
I don't remember who gave me my first comic book but, when I was twelve, I discovered a newsstand that sold comics in front of a church across the street from where I lived in the upper west side of Manhattan. A few times a week I visited that newsstand and picked up new Marvel & DC superhero comics. The Fantastic Four, and Marvel Two-In-One were my favorite. A few years later I discovered comic book shops like West Side Comics, and Funny Business. Later on, I discovered Judge Dredd at Forbidden Planet, and American Splendor, and Yummy Fur at Soho Zat. And then I became aware of St. Mark's Comics.

I don't remember meeting Mitch Cutler but I can't recall St. Mark's Comics without thinking of Mitch. He looked like a bespectacled, mild-mannered guy and knew comics well. The first retailer I could talk to honestly about the state and business of comics before I ever got published.

After being an assistant to Bill Sienkiewicz, Howard Chaykin, and Walter Simonson on The New Mutants, Elektra: Assassin, American Flagg!, and Thor, respectfully, in 1985, I produced my first published comic, a co-creation with writer Martin Powell called The Verdict in 1987. But, it wasn't real until I saw it on the racks at St. Mark's Comics. I remember how proud Mitch was of me. I went from fan to professional in St. Mark's Comics. But, the truth is, I'm still just a fan. We all are.

I spent many years shopping at St. Mark's Comics, famous for its punk rock yet knowledgeable staff. My fondest memory is my first signing there when St. Mark's Comics moved down to the street level. I can't remember what comic book I was hawking but a table and chairs had been set up for me and, I believe, a few other cartoonists. Again, the comics and talent escapes my memory. But, I remember, distinctly, the jarring sound of a baseball bat slamming down on the floor, over and over again. Not in rapid succession, but intermittently. Out of the blue. The slamming of wood on linoleum would suddenly interrupt a thought or the punchline to a joke. Mitch was walking up and down the aisle with a baseball bat, tapping the floor as hard as he could to ward off potential thieves and criminals.

At the time, I felt Mitch's tactic was annoying. Disrupting the signing. I suspect a patron or two might have picked up a comic and fearfully returned it upon Mitch's threat and kindly exited the premises. I was a tad perturbed but, oddly, it remains my favorite memory of St. Mark's Comics.

On the heels of learning that St. Mark's Comics is closing after an honorable 36-year run on the lower east side, as the lower east side transitioned into something culturally unrecognizable and, frankly, abominable, I'd like to think that Mitch was acting as comics' guardian. A defender of cool and what is good in life. Like Marvel Comics' Heimdall, maybe Mitch was an all-seeing god, doing his best to protect the sanctity of comics while disguised as a bespectacled, mild-mannered comic book shop owner...with a baseball bat.

Thank you, St. Mark's Comics.

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Thursday, January 24th, 2019
9:08 pm - Dean Haspiel's cover for BLOODSHOT Rising Spirit #6


I drew a cover for Bloodshot (Rising Spirit) #6, published by Valiant Comics.

https://www.newsarama.com/43600-valiant-entertainment-april-2019-solicitations.html

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Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019
5:23 pm - Dean Haspiel's cover for THE LIFE AND DEATH OF TOYO HARADA #2


I drew a cover for THE LIFE AND DEATH OF TOYO HARADA #2, written by Joshua Dysart, and published by Valiant. The image was inspired by Jack Kirby's cover for The Avenger's #4.

https://www.monkeysfightingrobots.co/exclusive-first-look-the-life-and-death-of-toyo-harada-2/

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Wednesday, December 26th, 2018
4:33 pm - THE RED HOOK vol.1 New Brooklyn is Top 10 Best Books of 2018 at Villain Media
Villain Media picks THE RED HOOK vol.1 New Brooklyn, as one of the Top 10 Best Books of 2018.

Thanks, Jorge Solis!

"Writer/Artist Dean Haspiel spins his own coming-of-age tale, twisting around the origin story of a superhero. The first volume builds its own mythology, following Red Hook’s interesting character arc as he tackles family, crime, and love."

https://villainmedia.com/jorge-solis-top-10-best-comic-books-list-of-2018/

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4:32 pm - Happy Holidays 2018


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Thursday, December 13th, 2018
1:17 pm - HEY KIDS! READ THE RED HOOK!


A fun Red Hook ad I did commissioned by Howard Chaykin for his series HEY KIDS! COMICS! #3 (published by Image Comics). Buy the book! Read the webcomics!

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Wednesday, December 12th, 2018
7:00 pm - My two favorite books of 2018
Gil Roth asked me and thirty authors to weigh in on their favorite book of 2018 for The Virtual Memories podcast. I chose a graphic novel by two veterans of the comic book form, and a debut novel written by a seasoned actor. You can listen to it here:

http://chimeraobscura.com/vm/the-guest-list-2018


KILL OR BE KILLED (published Image Comics)
by Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips & Elizabeth Breitweiser

I've been a fan of Brubaker's writing ever since he was a pup in the comic book industry, writing & drawing indie-comix. He once got mad at me and threatened "You're one pubic hair away from getting punched in the face." Later on, he crashed my apartment in Brooklyn when he flew in from LA to pitch and score a career-changing gig writing Batman, Cat Woman, and Gotham Central, which led to his ground-breaking Captain America run which introduced The Winter Soldier. After a successful time writing for DC & Marvel Comics, Ed returned to his roots and has produced a plethora of creator-owned comics with his art partner Sean Phillips, published by Image Comics. KILL OR BE KILLED is a great first person story where the narrative is intense yet unreliable as a tortured man exacts brutal justice upon criminals at the behest of a demon. The subtitle could've been "sick of it all." A great read that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Fans of Martin Scorceses' TAXI DRIVER and Jonathan Ames' YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE will enjoy KILL OR BE KILLED.

THE PERFUME BURNED HIS EYES (published by Akashic Books)
by Michael Imperioli

Whenever you hear that an actor is writing a novel, you roll your eyes. How dare we except the concept that an actor can do anything more than pretend on screen and/or on stage. You wonder if he or she had a ghost writer or maybe they're transitioning to books because they're aging out of their perceived demographic. At best, you think he or she should just write their tell all book from their life and time in Hollywood. Not this time. Not this guy. Michael Imperioli is the real deal. Having written episodes of HBO's The Soprano's and other stuff, including a feature length movie, Michael's novel debut is a coming of age story in the big bad New York city of the 1970s, where a 16-year old boy must confront and negotiate sex, drugs, and an upstairs neighbor cum spiritual mentor in the guise of rock music legend, Lou Reed. Michael's writing is blue collar yet irreverent and all too human. THE PERFUME BURNED HIS EYES is a great brisk read with a mountain of heart.

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Tuesday, November 27th, 2018
10:40 pm - RIP Stephen Hillenburg
RIP Stephen Hillenburg, creator of SpongeBob SquarePants. A few years ago, I was lucky enough to draw a Larry the Lifeguard story for the comic book series, written & laid out by Sam Henderson, lettered by Rob Leigh, and curated & edited by Chris Duffy.


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Thursday, November 22nd, 2018
1:23 pm - Thanksgiving
My father and I spoke today about thanks and giving.

Years ago, in the 1980s, my father was in a diner finishing his breakfast. Next to him was an older woman who ordered an egg sandwich.

When her egg sandwich arrived, he noticed as she discreetly cut the sandwich in half and folded one half into a paper napkin and pocketed it.

Probably, so she could have dinner later.

My father, a man of the streets, always carried an extra five dollar bill in his wallet. Just in case.

He retrieved the five dollar bill and hid it in his fist and bent down, pretending to pick it up off the floor.

"Excuse me, miss. You dropped this."

And, he placed the five dollar bill on her table.

The older lady looked at the money and then at my father and said, "Oh, no. That's not mine"

My father said "Well, it's not mine, either."

He got up and said "Have a nice day." And, left her with the five dollar bill.

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Wednesday, November 14th, 2018
1:51 pm - Dean Haspiel at Miami Book Fair 2018


I'm a guest at The Miami Book Fair 2018. I'll be hawking The Red Hook vol.1 New Brooklyn, and The Alcoholic 10th Anniversary edition (with writer Jonathan Ames). I'm also doing panels and participating in the Drink & Draw! Check out my schedule:

Thursday, November 15

Drink & Draw @ The Standard
7pm | The Standard Spa, 40 Island Ave, Miami Beach | Free
Join your host, raucous author Conor McCreery, for a hilariously graphic night of cocktails and comics. First, renowned illustrators George O’Connor, Dean Haspiel, Maggie Thrash and Liana Finck will go marker-to-marker in a book themed draw-off competition! Then we turn the drawing tables on you as you work in teams to create your own illustration. Prizes, drinks and fun guaranteed!

Saturday, November 17

3pm Beasts of Our Own Making
The seductive pull of love — it’s an endlessly powerful force in literature, creating some of the funniest, bleakest, and most haunting scenarios we can imagine as writers and artists. Pull up a chair with Dean Haspiel and Jonathan Ames (The Alcoholic) and Nate Powell (Come Again) to find out what dark beasts lie on the edges of desire. Moderated by Adrian Todd Zuniga.

Sunday, November 18

12pm Webcomics to Print Comics: The Revolution is Here
Webcomics USED to be about finding a way to break in to print, but nowadays the web is all you need to make a living AND tell stories that publishers think “don’t have a market.”
Dean Haspiel (The Red Hook), Ngozi Ukazu (Check, Please), and Farel Dalrymple (It Will All Hurt), will talk about how they build their audience while giving voice to under-served ones, and whether they think they still need print in their careers. Moderated by Joan Hilty.

https://www.miamibookfair.com/

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Wednesday, October 31st, 2018
6:54 pm - Dean Haspiel interviewed on Comics Pros & Cons podcast #132
Derek Becker interviewed me at New York Comicon 2018 about The Red Hook and creativity for Comics Pros & Cons podcast #132.

Listen here: http://www.comicprosandcons.com/episode-132-dean-haspiel-live-at-new-york-comic-con/

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Wednesday, October 24th, 2018
12:51 pm - Dean Haspiel's THE RED HOOK in Howard Chaykin's HEY KIDS! COMICS! #3


A seasoned master of the medium, Howard Chaykin's HEY KIDS! COMICS! pulls back the bullpen blinds and exposes the ugly business of comics, where historic betrayal and heartbreak left little reason for creators to dream the impossible.

Check out issue #3 for an exclusive comic/ad for The Red Hook!

https://imagecomics.com/comics/releases/hey-kids-comics-3

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12:28 pm - Dean Haspiel launches ‘The Red Hook’ merch on Threadless Artist Shops


“I joined the 21st century in 2006 when I launched my first webcomic series,” Haspiel said in the official press release. “Now, I’m finally joining the 20th century by going analog and hitching my wagon to Threadless to make available tried and true t-shirts and hoodies for fans of The Red Hook and other, soon-to-be revealed merchandise based on my creator-owned fare. I couldn’t be more excited!”

Read more here: https://doomrocket.com/dean-haspiel-red-hook-merch-threadless-artist-shops/

Check out the first wave of merchandise here: https://deanhaspiel.threadless.com/

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Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018
7:02 pm - Will Eisner and The Graphic Novel Revolution at NYCC 2018


https://youtu.be/WRRFOstd2EI

SHOW NOTES:

Lawrence Brenner
Published on Oct 23, 2018
WILL EISNER revolutionized comics with his pioneering 1978 graphic novel, “A Contract with God.” GN sales have now outgrown comic book sales and can be found in an amazing array of genres and styles. DENIS KITCHEN (“A Contract With God Curator’s Collection”), KAREN GREEN (Curator of Comics & Cartoons at Columbia), N.C. CHRISTOPHER COUCH (“Will Eisner Companion”), DEAN HASPIEL (“The Red Hook”), Danny Fingeroth ("Superman on the Couch: What Superheroes Really Tell Us about Ourselves and Our Society") and PAUL LEVITZ (“Brooklyn Blood”) discuss the evolution of the graphic novel and what the future holds.

Buy A Contract With God: https://amzn.to/2q3wqNE
Buy A Contract With God Curator’s Collection: https://amzn.to/2R8r9zO
Buy The Will Eisner Companion: https://amzn.to/2PLyncG
Buy The Red Hook: https://amzn.to/2D1C3V4
Buy Will Eisner Champion of the Graphic Novel: https://amzn.to/2D1ONeo

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Thursday, October 18th, 2018
11:09 am - The Bushwick Book Club performs original songs inspired by Dean Haspiel's THE RED HOOK


Click link below to hear THE RED HOOK inspired songs that were performed by The Bushwick Book Club on July 25, 2018 at Barbès!

https://bushwickbookclub.bandcamp.com/album/dean-haspiels-the-red-hook-brooklyn

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Friday, October 12th, 2018
12:00 pm - Pop Culture Squad: Talking Web Comics and the Red Hook with Dean Haspiel


Bob Harrison interviewed me at Baltimore Comicon 2018 for Pop Culture Squad.

Excerpts:

"I didn’t even consider monetizing ACT-I-VATE. I thought getting people to read a comic online for free was tough enough. You are competing with everyone’s attention, especially nowadays given the current political climate. Sometimes, people want to escape that political scene by reading a comic or anything else, or they are only consumed by the politics of the day, and can’t read anything else. So, I am competing with that, and because I am doing superheroes, I am competing with the cinematic universes of Marvel and DC. A lot of people who are fans of the characters of Marvel and DC are being introduced to them from the movies and TV and forget that there are comic books out there. Also, if those people want to get a comic book, where do they get it? There are no more newsstands and, sadly, comic book shops are dwindling."

"The mainstream dream is the trickle-down effect; movies to comic books and/or digital, and I don’t think that is happening. But if you have a webcomic, that only exists as a webcomic and has ancillary t-shirts or buttons, I think people like to have souvenirs. I think people who come to conventions these days are more interested in souvenirs. They don’t need to read the first issue of how something started or get the full collected arc of a story."

"I like writing better than drawing. I do realize that drawing comics is also a method of writing due to the visual storytelling, and because of that, I’ve rarely illustrated something to stand on its own. To me, comics art is always serving the narrative.

As much as I grow as an artist, I am always trying to reduce the labor so that maybe someday I could be drawing as fast as you can be reading it. But that really does reduce it down to a type of shorthand. That, I think maybe, a fine comic book artist would have to earn. I think of someone like Gary Panter, who never even attempted to draw like John Byrne or George Perez. Yet, he found a shorthand that only he could do so it became a signature style, but also, it conveys a story. Ultimately, I am trying to write and draw the stuff that I loved as a kid, but hopefully I’ll enter a phase of telling stories that are not necessarily influenced by my childhood but, instead, influenced by my adulthood."

"StarCross is about how love will save the world. At the end of War Cry, the main character is abducted by this big blue cosmic hand and taken away from the Red Hook. It was right when War Cry, formerly The Possum, and Red Hook were about to get back together. They had just defeated the bad guy of the second season and come to peace with what has happened to her physically sharing a body with a gay teenage boy. Red Hook was constantly trying to get a kiss with her, and at the end, he goes in for the kiss when, suddenly, she gets stolen. So, we start StarCross a year later. We will find out what happened to War Cry and what the new crisis is. Even though The Red Hook starts out about a sentient, heartbroken Brooklyn that seceded from America to form her own republic, where art can be bartered for foods and services, the first trilogy is ultimately about a cosmic romance between Sam Brosia (The Red Hook) and Ava Bloom (The Possum/War Cry). And because it’s a romance, it’s got to be tragic."

Read the entire interview here: https://popculturesquad.com/2018/10/10/spotlight-interview-talking-web-comics-and-the-red-hook-with-dean-haspiel/

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